Top 21 Dancer Interview Questions in 2021 [With Answers]

“Dance is meditation in movement, a walking into silence where every movement becomes prayer.”


–Bernhard Wosien

Choosing dance as a career is in itself a bold rebellious step in the direction of living your dream for the rest of your life. Dance is a powerful art form that has been connecting different-minded people together for ages. It is more than mere movement of the body, but is an innate connection of it with the soul. Dance personally excites me to experience freedom and free will. Well, now that you’re reading this I’m sure you feel the same way!

Cracking dance interviews has never been a free ride down the hill. Your passion must reflect through your answers to persuade the interviewers. Once prepared well, they do not seem excruciatingly tough either. Just know well, that preperation is pretty much everything.

So here we are, to assist you with a list of 21 most likely questions, along with answers that are asked in dance interviews, that will take you one step closer to chase your passion to a whole another level.

Dancer Interview Questions and Answers

Q1. Over all the possible jobs in the world, why do you want to become a dancer?
To answer this question, describe why you perceive dance differently than anything else around you. What brings value to it, and add your personal connection with the art, by citing an incident or a close past memory about it.
This is really important because what the interviewer seeks to know is what makes you unique for the position. Thus, make sure you create that spell beforehand.

Q2. What is your perspective towards problems and obstacles in life?
The intention of this question is to test your approach towards tough times in life. The best way to tackle it is by stating how you see problems and hurdles as challenges and opportunities of growth. This also describes how you face daily hassles in work.

Q3. What qualities of yours distinguish you from the rest?
Here, be clear and concise about your skill sets and qualities, which may include the different dance forms that you can perform, or your interests in learning new techniques and attributes. Additionally, do mention the spark of your attitude that differentiates you from the rest.
Example:

  • Disciplined nature
  • Devotion to work
  • Team-work capability
  • Adapting with new people
  • Work ethic
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Q4. How would you ensure fitness and strength enough to deliver a performance?
Respond to this question by describing your way of continuous evaluation of your actions, especially those related to eating habits, type of food and daily diet involved. Answer what makes it essential to follow these habits. Other than that, enlist physical activities you do daily to ensure body flexibility and body dexterity, like dance practice sessions and yoga.

Q5. In your opinion, what are the most valuable skills a dancer should have?
Answer this one briefly by enlisting what are the most valuable skills to you. To name a few, they may include the following:

  • A sense of rhythm
  • Creativity to express through movement
  • Enthusiasm towards the art
  • Body control and agility
  • Adapting to change
  • The ability to make the audience experience life in your shoes

Q6. How would you make an identity of your own in this competitive field?
State how would you get access to and manage resources available around you, how would you develop public relations in the course of your position at the job and how do you plan to leave your mark in the community.

Q7. How do you plan your schedule and manage work and personal life?
The motive behind this question is to get to know your organizing and management skills. Be honest while answering it and keep in mind how systematic you are in this territory of qualities.

Q8. While dancing, how do you deal with a situation where you forget the steps and get paused for a moment or two?
This question aims at knowing how you instinctively react to not so perfect situations and respond to handle them. You can begin by stating to have a calm mindset and resuming the performance whenever you recall the steps, without getting disappointed to worsen the situation.

Q9. How do you deal with negativity and peer pressure?
Here acknowledge the fact that no matter what path you choose in life, these are a few constants that will knock your door many a times. Thus be confident to answer this question that you accept challenges with open arms.

Q10. What are the different dance forms one can build a career in?
Here is what you can say:
With a wide range of music from classical to modern tempo, one can learn various dance forms like contemporary, ballet, Indian classicals like Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Tap dance, ballroom, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, highland and more.
Mentioned below the article is in-depth content to strengthen your points.

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Q11. What are culture-specific dances? And how do they differ from one another?
Culture-specific dances are the dance forms that are prominent in that specific region where the significance of it lies highly. For example, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, etc prevail in their respective states because majority of the people know their importance. The same goes for different states and countries even!

Q12. When there are so many forms available, how would you choose the right one that suits you?
Now this one is really important because it describes your personality in brief. Think of the learning process that you feel free and at liberty while performing a specific dance form, where you forget everything else and immerse wholly into it. And that is when you know what suits you.

Q13. Where can one exhibit his dancing skills and talent?
Mention all the traditional and modern means of reaching out to more and more people, beholding employers along with common audience. Fo instance dance shows, reality show performances, social media outlets, film industry etc.

Q14. How far can one reach adhering to just social media platforms?
The best way to reply is by looking at the huge potential of social media platforms and their ability to deliver you art to millions of people. Make remarks of the famous dance personalities that you know have grown through these platforms.

Q15. How do you catch up in a group dance, where you are left behind on the track?
This question somewhat relates to question no. 8, the motive being to understand your team skills. Respond by putting forth the readiness to give in extra effort and more hours to learn whatever has been missed and not letting it increase as it would only get difficult to catch up later.

Q16. How would you deal with a situation where on some points you disagree with the team? What would you do?
Once again, your calm mindset and the check of your communication skills come into the picture. Ideally, you want to consider the opinion of others and also bring into account your own opinions in context, providing a different view to the scenario.

Q17. Describe an incident when you gave your best performance.
Here, your way of description is observed more than the actual incident that you describe. So in order to answer this question, recall how felt during the performance and why do you consider it to be the best. Also mention what significant happened before or after the event that makes it a memorable one.

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Q18. On reaching a senior position, how would you manage a team as a leader?
The employer wants to know your team spirit and management qualities when things boil down to how you make use of your experience in the field and establish a framework wherein others are benefited from it.

Q19. How would you contribute to the community you work in? And also benefit yourself at the same time?
You can answer in the following manner:
Being a quick learner, I will work at my weakest points first and strengthen them. And excel on my positive sides simultaneously. Hence, help others find their weak spots and debug them to be better than the previous day. Thus ensuring to develop together as one team, slowly but consistently.

Q20. What is one dream that you cherish on accomplishing the peaks of being a successful dancer?
Now this one targets you personally. Answer it with something that has always been up your mind and you want to nurture once you achieve heights.

Q21. Where do you see yourself in the next 10-15 years?
The best way to answer this is to envision the long-term goals ahead of you. The answer not only depicts how grand you can think, but also what you believe to happen in the longer run. Needless to say, it will vary distinctly from person to person.

Download the list of questions in .PDF format, to practice with them later, or to use them on your interview template (if you want to crack Interview):

Conclusion

Once again, thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed the article and our mission is accomplished if it helps you in any way. All the Q & A are supervised by industry experts. Reference links supporting the tips are listed in the “Reference” section below. Do visit for additional info.
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References

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  2. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15290824.2009.10387381
  3. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4562w8bz